Dr. Bret Amundson is the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where he also directs Bella Voce, the college's select treble ensemble. In addition to his work at CSS, Bret is the Artistic Director for the Lake Superior Youth Chorus and the Artistic Director of the Twin Ports Choral Project. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Saint John’s University, MN, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Saint Cloud State University, MN, a Doctorate of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington, and an MBA in Change and Leadership from The College of St. Scholastica.
Prior to his appointment as Dean, Bret was the Director of Choral Activities and Director of General Education where he led the College’s General Education program, including the first-year program, Dignitas, and directed the College’s auditioned ensembles, Concert Choir and Bella Voce. Under Bret’s direction, The College of St. Scholastica Choirs have performed regionally, nationally, and internationally. In 2014, Bret was awarded the College’s Benedictine Professorship in General Education, and in 2015, Bret was named one of Duluth’s 20 Under 40.
Choirs under Bret’s direction have performed at state and regional conventions. In 2007, the Cathedral High School Concert Choir was invited to perform at the Minnesota Music Educator Association’s Mid-Winter Clinic. That same year, Bret was awarded the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Minnesota’s Outstanding Young Conductor Award. In 2015, Twin Ports Choral Project was invited to perform at the ACDA-MN State Conference and, in 2016, the North Central ACDA Regional Conference. In 2017, Bella Voce was invited to perform at the ACDA-MN State Conference and in 2018, the Lake Superior Youth Chorus' Cantemus was invited to perform at that same conference. In 2020, Bella Voce performed at the North Central ACDA Regional Conference.
Maintaining an active schedule as clinician, adjudicator, presenter, and guest conductor for choral festivals and conferences around the country, Bret most recently conducted the 2020-2021 Minnesota All-State SSAA and North Dakota All-State SSAA Choirs.
Bret is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, The College Music Society, Chorus America, and the VoiceCare Network, and currently serves as the North Central ACDA Repertoire and Resources Coordinator for Children’s and Community Youth Choirs.
Kyle Fleming has served throughout the Denver-Boulder area for 20 years as a conductor, music educator and singer. He has led choral ensembles at every level including middle school, high school, collegiate and community. Kyle is a passionate advocate for the transformative power of choral music and lifelong singing, and is frequently working behind the scenes to build bridges between institutions, ensembles and organizations that work to advance the choral arts and music education within our local communities.
Kyle holds degrees in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder (MM and DMA) as well as vocal performance from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN (BA). Additionally, Kyle is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor and has made festival, honor choir and workshop appearances in several states including California, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and North Dakota. He recently became President-Elect for the Colorado chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association (CoACDA) where he is finishing his term as the College and University R&R Chair. Kyle is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda and Pi Gamma Mu.
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